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The Case for Running for Office

Our friend Adrienne Martini has a new book out. It's all about running and serving in local government. Adrienne ran for - and won a seat on - the Otsego County Board in 2017 and was re-elected last year. Adrienne's win helped tie the board and change the dynamics of local government in Otsego. Her story is an honest look at what it takes to run and what it means to govern. Plus, she was reviewed in the New York Times! Here's an excerpt from what they had to say about her book:


“Somebody’s Gotta Do It” isn’t sexy or scandal-ridden — and that’s the point. Martini shows how “running for a local office takes a small amount of cash and a lot of time and moxie,” and confesses that her time in government thus far “is simultaneously the most fascinating and the most tedious thing I have ever done.” The reader becomes Martini’s running partner on a route that is disproportionately uphill in the pursuit of a more perfect union. The challenge is worth the effort because, as Martini puts it, “Running very slowly while crying is still moving forward.” I have yet to read a better summary of public service.


Order the book today and start making your plans to run! And when you do, Rural Majority Project will be here to help!

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